Covid-19 lockdown has left young children vulnerable to some illnesses

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Wearing face coverings in schools could help avoid a spike of other infections

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THE coronavirus pandemic has left children vulnerable to other infections, in part due to reduced interactions as a result of lockdowns and social distancing.

In Australia, which has largely been covid-free for the past six months, there has been a delayed surge in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common, flu-like illness that causes a lung infection called bronchiolitis and often has the most serious effects in children under the age of 2.

RSV infections typically peak in winter, but in …


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